The Conference Dance

October 3rd, 2006 by under Uncategorized. No Comments.

A friend of mine went to a fancy school full of very smart people who often had a great deal of schoolwork to do. As a result, understandably, the students there had little time for fraternization or social activity. The administration or some student-related body, I don’t really know which, came up with a solution to this problem: The Last Chance Dance.

The premise is thus. You are a second-semester senior and you have had a crush on Joe or Jane for quite some time. Joe or Jane may or may not know that you exist, but the Last Chance Dance provides a medium for you to declare your interest in Joe or Jane in a very civil way that minimizes the potential for humiliation. You submit your three Joes or Janes online and other students interested in the dance do they same and if there’s a match the system tells both of you. If not, it doesn’t. This way you don’t have to mope around campus your last couple of weeks knowing that Jane knows you put her on your list and she turned you down.

This system may seem a bit odd or irrelevant, but it is very similar to the one employers use to select MBA candidates at large conferences. All candidates sumbit resumes online to particular positions, Janes and Johns of your own. Employers then use some system, more on this later, to match you to a position and contact you for an interview slot, or in my case… don’t. It would seem the resumes I sent went off to the resume book in the sky or wherever…

Such is life, I went undaunted and stag to the conference ready to at least value the experience. I had one main match in mind and my experience with this firm will follow in my next post…